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RudolfVonKrugstein

Implementing board games

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Hey,

 

I am a fan of board games. I am thinking of implementing board games for mobile devices.

 

I would use existing board games, which I like and which seem to fit to me. I do not think that renaming the game would make sense. Probably one would call it something like "<original name> mobile". I would make my own media, which would be inspired by the original board game.

 

I would of course contact the author and ask him if he is ok with this, but what is my legal position? Am I allowed to "copy" an existing board game onto the computer? Or would I need some legalization from the author?

 

I have a second related question, which is not about law but I am asking for "moral" opinions.

I had this Idea a while ago and contacted an author of a board game. I did not get any reply.

Assuming I am legally allowed to do so, would you think it is OK to go ahead and implement the game anyway?

 

I would somehow monetize the game (I have no plan yet how) trying to pay me for the work.

 

Thanks for you knowledge and thoughts!

Rudolf

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A little while ago, I had to go straight to a board game developer to negotiate the terms of trying to make a mobile version.

He gave me his blessing, but only provided he'd be able to direct production every step of the way with comments and whatnot.

If you try to develop an existing property for a new platform, chances are they'll hereby become your client.

Chances are also they'll want a (large) portion of the revenues.

Chances are they won't pay you (much).

Chances are this isn't such a good idea afterall.

Why not make your own then?

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Hey,

 

 

The board game I would like to implement is a zero-sum that is well balanced and fun. In my opinion something difficult to make. And I think it would be nice to have a mobile version of it.

But well, I am not going through so much trouble for it.

 

Thanks for the clear replies!
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I will contact the author.

 

The point bschmidt1962 makes is very true, I would profit from the name of the brand. That would reduce the need for advertisment and justify having to pay for the Idea.

What really scares me is, if I have to hire a lawyer ...

 

Anyone know who usually the owner of the IP is? The author or the company making and distributing the game

 

You guys are really motivating, I appreciate that!

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